Jordan Peele turned to cutting-edge technology to make “Nope” more visually spectacular.
The 43-year-old director has worked with Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun on his new horror flick – but cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema has also been instrumental in the project.
Jordan explained, “I didn’t mean to spoil the illusion, but I’m going to spoil it for you today.
“The night shots, for the most part, were shot during the day, which is due to a technological and strategic trick that [Hoyte] brought to the table.”
Hoyte visited locations in Agua Dulce, California, before the cameras started rolling, and he concluded that it was not possible to capture the natural beauty of the sky and stars.
Hoyte told Variety, “There’s no way to photograph that, that sense of vastness and grandeur of the sky, which was such a big part of our story. We kind of immediately started thinking ‘How can we represent exactly that feeling we had when we were out there on the pitch?
“I started exploring technology, how can we do that? How can we photograph the way the eyes see it or the way we experience it?”
Jordan thinks the spectacular nighttime cinematography is “really cool.”
He added, “That thing really pushes the movie forward, and it was tough and it’s something I’m excited to work with going forward and keep pushing.”
Meanwhile, Daniel Kaluuya recently hailed the people working behind the camera on a film project.
The acclaimed actor said: “There are so many people that go into making a film – there are the handles, there is the camera department, there is the sound, there are so many kinds of graft.”